Woodcreek wrestlers stay off their backs, beat Rocklin
Woodcreek High School maintained its hold on second place in the Sierra Foothill League with a 39-24 dual-meet victory Thursday night at Rocklin.
The Timberwolves (3-1 SFL) brought up two JV wrestlers to compete with the varsity against Thunder (1-3), finally healthy and turning in what Woodcreek coach Doug Mason said was one of its best lineups this season.
“We had some hard work cut out for us,” Mason said. “We didn’t start off great but ended up great.”
Woodcreek piled up points on six pins — by freshman Angelo Uribe at 113 pounds, Rustin Blas (120), James Gomez (126), Cameron Young (138), Anthony Luke (170), in what Mason said was “the surprise of the night,” and Mitchell Houston (195). Connor Vargas won by forfeit at 220.
Losing by decision for Woodcreek were Lauren Mason (106), JV call-up Sean Sanchez (132), Michael Contini (145), Cody Blanco (152), in his first match back from a broken hand, Justin Young (160), Andrew Zumaran (182) and Dominic Balmer (285).
Losing by decision instead of pin was key to the victory, Mason said.
“It was awesome for them to battle tough and not give up those big team points,” he said. “The whole team was awesome. They came together and overcame a few bumps in the road to rise up and wrestle tough and win.”
Yuba City-Faith Christian 109, Valley Christian 78 — The Lions (6-11 overall, 4-1 Sacramento Metro Athletic League) sustained their first league loss in three years and are tied for first place with Faith Christian (16-5, 4-1) and Vacaville-Buckingham Charter (14-4, 4-1) heading into the second half.
Valley Christian was lethargic and committed 32 founds, according to coach Brad Gunter Jr., who added that Faith Christian “played an amazing game and deserved the W.”
Hunter Fenn led Valley Christian with 18 points, and Jimmy Shaw scored 10. Thirteen of Valley Christian’s 15 players scored.
Oakmont 68, Rio Linda 37 — Ashley Rominger scored 17 points and Emilee Gavia 15 as the Vikings routed the host Knights in a Capital Valley Conference game.
Brittany Martin and Sydney Sattelberg scored nine points each for Oakmont (16-6, 2-3), which led Rio Linda (5-14, 1-4) by 15 after the first quarter and by 19 at halftime.